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Clay
08-01-03, 08:19 AM
I've put the wraps on my review of the BFG Technologies Asylum™ GeForce™ FX 5900 Ultra here at nV News. Mike will be posting it on the site sometime this coming Sunday (8.3.03) evening.

azanon
08-01-03, 10:40 AM
So give us a mini-preview. Does it flicker? Sorry i had to ask.

I just cant get over the flicker thing, and I dont think ive seen it mentioned in one GFFX review yet. I'm not sure i can trust reviews anymore at all cause obviously if you review it bad, then you might not get any more samples.

digitalwanderer
08-01-03, 10:42 AM
Originally posted by azanon
I'm not sure i can trust reviews anymore at all cause obviously if you review it bad, then you might not get any more samples.
That should not be an influencing factor in telling the truth when judging hardware, it seriously shouldn't. :(

Serious Tom
08-01-03, 12:32 PM
I couldn't wait any longer and went ahead and got a eVGA 5900 Ultra, I flashed the card to the performance bios ( 500/900 ) and I have never had one flicker. It must be something, but I haven't had any with a Epox 8RDA................Tom

Clay
08-01-03, 03:31 PM
Originally posted by azanon
So give us a mini-preview. Does it flicker? Sorry i had to ask.

I just cant get over the flicker thing, and I dont think ive seen it mentioned in one GFFX review yet. I'm not sure i can trust reviews anymore at all cause obviously if you review it bad, then you might not get any more samples.

No problem. No, I did not experience any flickering. Though I know that Volt's Prolink 5900 non Ultra does. I really had no problems at all with this card from BFG.

Also, I ran the entire review with the card clocked at ...

Core Clock: 500
Memory Clock: 926

...and it was rock solid stable.

reever2
08-01-03, 05:29 PM
I hope this review doesnt spur any "controversial" issues people have been having lately

SH64
08-01-03, 05:35 PM
Originally posted by maxpower

...and it was rock solid stable.

i'd like to know which detonator drivers where used in the review & if theres any bechmark difference between them & what drivers do you think works best with 5900 Ultra .

Clay
08-01-03, 11:27 PM
Originally posted by SH64
i'd like to know which detonator drivers where used in the review & if theres any bechmark difference between them & what drivers do you think works best with 5900 Ultra .

I used the 44.03 drivers. If enough interest I might append review in some select benches with different version(s).

SH64
08-01-03, 11:30 PM
Originally posted by maxpower
If enough interest I might append review in some select benches with different version(s).


Yeah! that would be cool .

macachia
08-02-03, 02:06 AM
hi, does it make a wierd noise when scrolling on ie/mirc, resizing windows, maximizing etc?

it's a faint noise 5900 reported which seems to originate from the card itself (voltage regulation it seems)

thanks

ringu61
08-02-03, 03:05 AM
My Leadtek GeForce FX5900 A350 TDH 128MB MyVivo did core:510MHz memory:985MHz

DaNzA
08-02-03, 12:54 PM
Originally posted by macachia
hi, does it make a wierd noise when scrolling on ie/mirc, resizing windows, maximizing etc?

it's a faint noise 5900 reported which seems to originate from the card itself (voltage regulation it seems)

thanks

Wow! I was just about to return my card after I heard those noise... but it only appear when I use analogue audio output on my audigy 2, when I switch to digital DIN output, the noise disappeared :rolleyes:

Thanks for the info

MRX
08-02-03, 06:16 PM
Well, I just ordered a BFG FX5900 Ultra. BFG does have 24/7 tech support, which was tested with little to no wait times for response.

My 4400 works like a charm running the 44.03 drivers. My 3.06HT P4 fan and 4 case fans should drown out anything that the FX 5900 Ultra churns out.

Its about to get real good. Running a MSI 655HT dual channel board with 1GB of PC2700 memory. The review should be good as usual.

When you run these class of cards you want a good power supply, or Humpty Dumpty will pay you a visit...

bkswaney
08-02-03, 08:54 PM
Originally posted by MRX
Well, I just ordered a BFG FX5900 Ultra. BFG does have 24/7 tech support, which was tested with little to no wait times for response.

My 4400 works like a charm running the 44.03 drivers. My 3.06HT P4 fan and 4 case fans should drown out anything that the FX 5900 Ultra churns out.

Its about to get real good. Running a MSI 655HT dual channel board with 1GB of PC2700 memory. The review should be good as usual.

When you run these class of cards you want a good power supply, or Humpty Dumpty will pay you a visit...

A good power supply is a MUST.

I put a Trueblue 480 watt in when I got my watercooled rig going. :)
I have a lot of lights 2 cd's 2 harddrives and all. Plus I overclock everything possible. I've not even come close to using all my power. :D

Clay
08-02-03, 11:56 PM
Originally posted by macachia
hi, does it make a wierd noise when scrolling on ie/mirc, resizing windows, maximizing etc?

it's a faint noise 5900 reported which seems to originate from the card itself (voltage regulation it seems)

thanks

Hmm, nope...I never heard any weird noises. When you boot up the machine the card's fan makes a different noise than at any other time...kind of a spin up noise...not a bad noise, just the only real "noise" that's notable to any extent.

Clay
08-03-03, 06:31 PM
The review is now live, you can
check it out here... (http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/bfg_geforce_fx_5900_ultra/index.shtml)

bkswaney
08-03-03, 06:44 PM
Great review.

Where r the 3DM01 and 03 benches? ;) "LOL" :D

SH64
08-03-03, 06:45 PM
:cool:
good read & good results for an Athlon 1700+ .

LiquidX
08-03-03, 06:52 PM
WOW! I mean WOW! am I the only one that think this is one of the best reviews of a gfx card yet seen. I actually sat and read the whole thing. Great job on that review MaxPower. Lets hope NVnews let you guys review some more products.:)

Clay
08-03-03, 07:04 PM
Wow, you guys are faaast! :bugeyes:

Thanks for the kind words bkswaney, SH64 and LiquidX...I'll admit that hearing positive feedback like that makes it all worth while. I'm sure I'll get negative feedback as well but *most* of that'll help to make my next review better. ;)

volt
08-03-03, 07:13 PM
Great work from the gamers' perspective. Very descriptive and detailed feedback on the performance and gameplay. Great job on the review man!

:thumbsup:

surfhurleydude
08-03-03, 07:22 PM
Good review, but just thought you'd like to know that your UT2003 scores are completely ****ed up. 3 Asbestos and 1 Antalus.

SH64
08-03-03, 07:40 PM
Originally posted by surfhurleydude
Good review, but just thought you'd like to know that your UT2003 scores are completely ****ed up. 3 Asbestos and 1 Antalus.

did you notice that these numbers are scored using an Athlon 1700+ ?? :rolleyes:

MikeC
08-03-03, 08:11 PM
Thanks for pointing that out. I removed the UT2003 benchmark results and have asked Clay to investigate.

AnteP
08-03-03, 08:20 PM
Nice review. I Especially like the layout you've got going with pictures and descriptions and comments on real world gameplay.
If I only had more time with the products I review I'd love to do that.

Personally though I prefer shootouts rather than single product reviews which often tend to rather look like product presentations.
To clarify what I mean: it's not like buying a videocard is a yes or no question.
"Should I buy the BFG 5900 Ultra?"

It's rather: "Which videocard out of these 5 boards in the same pricerange would suit me the best?"
With the added "And how does these 5 boards compare to the boards in a notch lower price range."
Or at least: "Which 5900 Ultra should I buy?" (As in a roundup of baords based on the same chip.)

I know you guys have had a few boards in your possession. Why not throw them all together in a roundup instead of doing these single board reviews?
And to make it a bit more viable throw in a 9800 Pro.

On another note I must say that we probably have completely different views on what "playable" is.
I have a 5900 Ultra myself. Running at 475/950 MHz and I've yet to find a somewhat modern game where 8x FSAA is usable. Hell even 4xS is too rough on almost all the games I've tried. Especially when combined with 8x AF.


I liked the fact that the board offered ViVo. No damn ATi boards do :mad: except for the ultra expensive AIW 9800 Pro (which is currently in my possession btw ;) )